Auto Accident? Watch Your WordsAugust 18, 2011
Even the words “auto accident” can conjure images of devastation and feelings of fear. They may even cause feelings of anxiety for recent accident victims.
Personal injuries, vehicle damage, and the element of surprise can all cause frazzled nerves and racing minds, which often leave victims in a stupor, unsure what to say or do next. In the aftermath of an auto accident, when many victims lack clear thought, it can be easy to inadvertently say something that could harm an insurance or personal injury claim.
That’s why it’s important to watch your words should you find yourself involved in an auto accident. Remember that when in doubt, it’s better to say too little than too much. Know the common mistakes victims make on the scene and what you can do to avoid them.
- Do not admit fault. Even if you believe you caused the accident, never admit fault. You may only think you caused an accident that was legally not your fault! Determining liability is a complex process the insurance companies will make based on all the evidence and circumstances surrounding the collision. Admitting fault can only work against you.
- Do not say you’re uninjured. Injuries, especially soft-tissue damage, often take time to manifest. If you have suffered such injuries, you may not feel pain until several days after the accident. Instead of saying you’re fine or uninjured, you should say you’re not sure how severe your injuries are and that you will need to follow up with a doctor—and do just that. Visit the doctor as soon as possible after the accident, ideally the same day or absolutely the following day, and be vigilant about any follow-up appointments.
- Do not give your opinions. When giving information about the collision, stick to the facts as you remember them. If you do not know or remember all the facts, make sure to say that, too. If you state opinions or beliefs about the situation, the insurance companies are liable to hold those against you as if they were facts.
Even the most cautious drivers can suddenly find themselves involved in a collision. If you’ve been the victim of an auto accident, the auto accident attorneys at Hornberger & Brewer have years of experience on their side to manage your unique case. Our professional staff will fight for your rights and will work hard to earn you the compensation you deserve.
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